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In one respect head to head betting is the purest form of betting as it is simply dealing with a two-result choice. Head to head betting occurs when there is a choice of one or two teams or players winning an event. With football – and some other team sports – there is also the chance of a draw. This type of head to head betting is also called three way betting.
When there is a chance to pick one side or person over another bettors are able to opt for head to head predictions. Head to head betting is very common outside of sportsbooks as it is the traditional way for people to gamble. But this type of betting is one of the most popular with bookmakers as well.
With head to head betting a bookmaker will offer odds on a match between, for example, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. If a bettor chooses Chelsea to win they win if that is the outcome and lose if the match ends in a draw or a Spurs victory.
The simplicity of head to head betting is a great attraction, especially to people who are new to online sports betting. As most sports only have two outcomes it can be applied to almost anything.
When Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson in 1990 it was one of the biggest upsets in sporting history. Tyson had never even been knocked down in a boxing match before and was expected to beat the challenger before lining up a bout with Evander Holyfield. Douglas was so unfancied that in the head to head odds he was 42/1 to win – an incredible price given there were only two possible outcomes.